(We are discussing the infamous O Livro de Pantagruel, which is the bible of Portuguese cooking. I would say it weighs 7lbs and has 1190 pages.)
Me: This cookbook is so large you could kill a rat with it.
Pai: Mãe (mom)!
Me: What? Well, it is true.
Hank: Or a bug.
Me: Or a ladybug.
Hank: Mama, we do not kill ladybugs.
Hank: They are a part de animais natureza (nature).
Me: But we kill moscas (flies) and they are from the natural world.
Hank: Yes, but moscas (flies) are chatas (annoying).
Pai: Well, there you have it.
Hank: (inspecting the book) It’s true mama you could say come here mouse and then -SLAM- shut this book and he’d be dead
Me: Or if a ladrão (burglar) broke into this house we could pick this up and WHACK, send him to jail.
Pai: Or we could use it to make tarte de maracuja (Passion fruit tart).
Me: Or that.
Hank: Books are my favorite thing.